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Trip Report Notes From Shanghainese's 13 Days in Shanghai

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I am not good at writing TRs and my visit to Shanghai in Oct/Nov was more of personal activities (attending a wedding, a reunion, housewarmings, hairy crab feed at the lake, etc.) than sightseeing. I thought I'd just do some notes and let me know when it gets dull.

FOOD

I stayed in the old french concession so I'll introduce some restaurants that haven't been mentioned often here. All are clean, tasteful decor and attentive service and gourmet food.

"Lost Heaven Yunan Restaurant" at 38 Gao You Road is truly heavenly, see 11/2 GTG for what we ate.

"Charmant" at 1414 West Huai Hai Road and "Lai Fu" at 1416 West Hai Hai Road are next to each other, both are excellent. Water bamboo salad (skin peeled), braised pork with dried veg, beef and tendon stew in claypot and pan fried noodles at "Charmant" for 2 at lunch. Dinner at "Lai Fu", the 4 of us had fried eggplant cakes, steamed eggs with scallops, tomato shrimp over rice crust, fish pillows with green peppers, chicken and mushroom with satay sauce in a stonepot, little village potatoes (baby ones with soy sauce) and mini rice flour balls in rice wine soup.

The other pair are "Jasmine" at 878 Jule Road and "Homes" at 791 Jule Road. "Jasmine" is upstairs in an old spacious french style mansion with serene white furnishings and small plates of amazing food so we ordered a lot. Drunken chicken, veg goose (mushrooms wrapped in dried bean curd skin), diced yam in plum sauce, smoked eel, freshwater crab meat soup, steamed eggs with pork, freshwater shrimp with dried jasmine blossoms, sauted veggies and fried noodles with shredded duck. There were 10 of us at "Homes" which is big and has 4 floors, we feasted on veg duck (not very different from goose), celery salad, red dates stuffed with sticky rice, shredded chicken, fried bean curd skin balls, salt and pepper corn, pickled green veggies with transparent rice sheets, slow-cooked shredded hard tofu, smoked fish, braised pork in claypot, blackboned chicken soup and rice flour balls filled with red bean paste. Yum!

"Fragrant Camphor Garden" on 2 Hengshan Road is very elegant, looks like a 2-story glass house built around a 20 foot tall old fragrant camphor tree. We had roasted goose, garlic spinach, braised big yellow croaker and shrimp and tofu chowder, exquisite!

I also went to the Fodorites favorite "Jia Jia Soup Dumplings", "Southern Beauty", "Lubolang", "Xiao Nan Guo" and had beijing roasted duck and hot pot. You'd think I did nothing but eat!

When you study the bill, I've noticed some restaurants are adding a small amount for tea and a wet towel around 25-40 cents. And although their small plates business set lunch of 3 dim sum, tiny cup of soup, 2 little attentizers, 1 hot dish, 1 veg, rice or noodles and fruit and tea for 68 RMB was quite good reasonable, I was surprised that the restaurant at the newly opened 5 star Skyways Landis Hotel added a 15% surcharge to the bill. Hopefully this does not become a trend.

I will move on to other notes (sights, shopping, thoughts) later.

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